August 24-September 30, 2012
Reception: Saturday, September 15, 4-7 p.m.
Autobody Fine Art Gallery is very proud to present "Connections" an exhibition by Joseph Slusky and Katie Hawkinson celebrating their individual accomplishments and artwork but also explores the relationship of one artist to another as they work in close proximity in their shared studio in Berkeley. Autobody Fine Art is very proud to host a wide ranging exhibition featuring the luminous, beautiful paintings of Hawkinson, contrasting with the joyful and whimsical sculptures of Slusky.
Joseph Slusky grew up in Los Angeles and has lived and worked in Berkeley since 1960. He attended UC Berkeley and studied Architecture and Art with an emphasis on sculpture. Some of the more recent venues in which his artwork has been exhibited include: The Crocker Museum, Sacramento, Sonoma Museum of Modern Art; The Oakland Museum; The Wiegand Gallery at Notre Dame University, Belmont; The Jewish Museum, San Francisco; The Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley; and one person shows at: The City of Oakland Craft and Cultural Arts Gallery; The Richmond Art Center, Richmond; Museo del Pueblo de Guanajuato, Mexico; Smith Anderson Gallery, Palo Alto and The Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica. Works in Public collections include City of Berkeley at the Marina, City of San Francisco at the Water Department, City of Hayward at the Sun Gallery, Orinda Community Center, Center for Middle Eastern Studies at U.C. Berkeley and the Bayer Corporation Plaza in Berkeley. He has taught art throughout the Bay Area and from 1980 to 2010 was a Visual Studies Lecturer in the Architecture Department at U.C. Berkeley.
Katie Hawkinson has lived and worked in the Bay Area since 1984. She and her husband, sculptor Joseph Slusky, work in adjacent studios at their home in West Berkeley that opens directly into their garden. Hawkinson teaches Drawing and Design at the University of California, Berkeley, and Painting in the Department of Continuing Studies at Stanford University. She has degrees in Painting from the University of Washington and Rhode Island School of Design.Throughout her career as a painter, printmaker and sculptor, Hawkinson has been engaged in exploration and invention. She has worked in a range of media and processes, including oil painting, egg tempera, monotype printing, and wood sculpture in order to effectively respond to the richness of the environment that inspires her. Hawkinson's abstract works employ rich and vibrant color, pattern, and geometry. Every day objects and conditions of life inform her diverse and expansive body of work. Color is a main focus in her work because of the direct visceral impact it has and how it triggers memory and describes time, emotion, and light. Recently she has been interested in looking at both the wild complexity of flowers and their essential distilled geometry and adding to this qualities of light that are ever changing in the world around her. All of this is an attempt to express the ever changing aspects of life.
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